Pom Pom’s Teahouse and Sandwicheria, located on Bumby Avenue just south of the heart of Orlando’s Milk District (the area around the T.G. Lee’s Milk processing factory), serves up some of the most creative and scrumptious sandwiches in our area.
Here at this indie, homey sandwich shop – with walls bedecked in local artwork – there are over 20 types of sandwiches to order, with each ‘wich is set to a playful, yet delicious gourmet theme.
Like the Mama Ling Ling’s Thanksgiving, a monstrous turkey, ginger cranberry chutney, gouda, stuffing, mashed potato, cream cheese served with a side of gravy, so now you can have that after Thanksgiving dinner meal -itis feeling all year round.
Or try the villainous Fu Man Chu, made with a sweet Hoisin barbecue sauce based Asian Pulled Pork, watercress, goat cheese, ginger cranberry chutney, and spicy red onions, a perfect lunch for all those deviants out there. It’s got sweetness from the barbecue and cranberry chutney, a little tart from the red onions, savory from the pulled pork, creamy from the goat cheese. It all sounds like quite the mess, but it’s all strangely satisfying and fulfilling.
Pace yourself, these sandwiches are large and can easily be shared between two people. There is also a wide variety of diverse salads to tantalize your taste-buds.
These days, you can probably more often find Pom Moongauklang, owner and operator of Pom Pom’s Teahouse and Sandwicheria, dividing her time between this shop and mixing it up and creating wonderful little fusion tacos at her new venture Tako Cheena in the Mills 50 District, but the staff here is on their best behavior even when Pom Pom is away. They were some of the friendliest and down to earth staff I’ve had the fortune to dine with in a while.
The place is pretty small and can get quite busy, so sit back, relax and enjoy one of the many house blend or specialty teas like the Rooibos Love tea. End the meal with one of their fabulous desserts like the Red Velvet cupcake imported from nearby Bluebird Bakery. One thing I love about Pom Pom’s, despite the very hip ambiance, is their eclectic clientele: from trendy hipsters to twenty-something working ladies in heals to college students on a first date, everyone is here together under one roof enjoying good food. On the weekends they are sometimes open 24 hours, when interesting late-night conversations over tea and sandwiches are sure to ensue. A tiny teahouse with a big heart in the City Beautiful.